Active Living Program for Culturally Diverse Seniors
Organization Sponsor: Elder Help-Peel
Organization Partner: Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport (now Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care)
This program provides seniors with the opportunities to improve the quality of their lives through Awareness and Active living educational workshops and also by participating in fun and fitness activities. A fitness instructor is hired to provide one-hour-per-week fitness class. Workshops are held as well on all aspects of healthy eating and active living.
Event free for participants
The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Social Development Canada,
Status of Women Canada (HRSDC), Ministry of Health (LTC Div.), Weekly Bingo.
The group applied and was successful in securing three years funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. It hired a part time coordinator and has a Board of Directors. It has wonderful volunteer support and in-kind community help. The services are developed in direct proportion to the seniors' needs and difficulties.
About 900-1000 seniors a year participate in this service.
Evaluations are done at the end of each program session.
Elder Help - Peel is one of the the few agencies that continues to provide excellent information, education and supportive services to diverse elderly persons residing in the Peel Region. These services are critical in helping shape the community as the population ages so that seniors continue to be valued and relevant in our community.
The need for financial support is always great but programs are expanded or cut back according to available funds.
Elder Help - Peel was established April 11, 1996 by a group of seniors who were interested in bringing diverse seniors to work collaboratively to benefit each other.